BUKIT JALIL: The national hockey team’s caretaker coach Mohd Amin Rahim (pic) will carry on with Roelant Oltmans’ training plans until new head coach A. Arul Selvaraj takes over the reins in mid-August.
Amin has been assistant coach to the national senior team since 2017 and also served as assistant to Arul in 2014 for the 2016 Junior World Cup in India.
With Arul in the fray, former international Amin and goalkeeper coach Nasihin Nubli will make up an all-local coaching set-up and he’s looking forward to bringing back the glory days of Malaysian hockey.
“Oltmans’ resignation was quite shocking because we only knew about it on Monday but life goes on. Even if he’s not around, he has left us with the coaching programme for this month, ” said the penalty corner specialist yesterday.
“I have worked with Arul before and I understand his methods. He likes to utilise the latest sports science technology in training and I believe it will excite the players in training.
“I think having an all-local coaching set-up will ease the communication process between the players and coaches.”
Meanwhile, Nasihin has set his eyes on emulating the success of the national team under local coaches Stephen Van Huizen and Yahya Atan. The duo were the last coaches to have guided the national team to the Olympics in Sydney 2000, a feat that has remained elusive for two decades now.
“Coach Stephen was the last coach to help the team qualify for the Olympics. I have learned from him and the other coaches as well. We will push to be at the pinnacle again, ” said the former national goalkeeper.
“Of course there will be pressure and expectation on us to emulate the 2000 team’s achievement but we are looking forward to the challenge.”